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Gabriella Possum Nungarrayi

DOB: 1967

BORN: Yuelamu (Mount Allan), Northern Territory
COMMUNITY: Yuelamu, Northern Territory


Gabriella is the eldest daughter of the renowned artist, the late Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, who taught her to paint. Gabriella's artistic skill was first rewarded in 1983 when she won an award in the prestigious Alice Springs Art Prize while still a student at Yirara College. Her work has been praised as being "innovative" and "culturally significant". Throughout her life, Gabriella has been exhibiting work in Australia and overseas. In 1991, she received a Professional Development Grant from the Aboriginal Arts Unit of the Australia Council for the Arts, which helped her to develop her recognisable style showing dotted landscapes featuring elements such as bush foods familiar to her people.


In 2006, Gabriella was one of the 33 artists showing at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, which was the first major US presentation of art by Indigenous women in Australia. In 2008, Gabriella's work found an international audience when Jamie Durie won the Gold Medal in the Chelsea Flower Show. When HRH Queen Elizabeth gave Durie the prize, she was presented with an original work by the artist, which now hangs in the Royal Collection alongside that of her father.

At Vivid Sydney 2016, Gabriella's work was selected by director of the "Lighting of the Sails" installation, meaning her images were projected onto the Sydney Opera House along with five other Indigenous artists, Karla Dickens, Djon Mundine, Reko Rennie, Donny Woolagoodja, and Gulumbu Yunupingu.

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Title: Seven Sisters Dreaming

Artist: Gabriella Possum Nungarrayi

Acrylic on canvas

Painted: 2017

Size: 214cm x 128cm approximately

Catalogue number: Uncatalogued

Price: $24,000.00

Provenance: Australian Aboriginal Art and Photography > Private Collection

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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